Carson Palmer Wants Changes in Cincy

palmerThank goodness. As a long suffering fan, it’s nice to hear a player share your thoughts. Carson Palmer is not one to shy away from an interview, nor a difficult question. He speaks his mind and does not back down from what he feels. And recently he talked to the Bengals official site and expressed his thoughts on the team:

Asked if he thought the same coaching staff could turn it from being stale, Palmer said, “I don’t think so,” but he also said he doesn’t know if Lewis will make those changes.

“We need a lot of changes,” said Palmer, who did respond to a question about discipline, a subject he has often discussed.

“When you look at the most successful teams in this league, they’re very disciplined,” Palmer said. “And we’re obviously not one of the most successful teams. I don’t think we’re the most disciplined team and that’s definitely an area we need to improve on.”

Unfortunately, the changes to which Palmer was referring did not include Marvin Lewis. Lewis turned around the franchise but he did it by selling the team’s soul. He went in for a Dennis Erickson-like fix and it wound up biting him in the ass. I’ve called Marvin out as an enabler in the past and would like to see him gone. Regardless of whether or not that happens, it’s great to hear Carson unsatisfied with the way the the season went and harping on the issue of discipline. After all, it becomes hard to win (not to mention embarrassing) when your top weapons can’t even make it on the field because of suspensions for off-field incidents.

Marvin Lewis Lets His Players ‘Act a Fool,’ Will Let Chad Johnson Celebrate

Honestly, this was just too good to pass up. When an NFL head coach straight up says “Act a Fool,” you better believe I’m going to use it. So Bengals receiver Chad Johnson has already said he’s going back to his ’05 style of talking, celebrating, and getting fined. How does his head coach Marvin Lewis feel about it you ask? Well, he told Michael Irvin and Mike Fisher on FOX Sports Radio that he’s OK with it:

Well he knows if he causes a penalty he’s never going to play. So that’s not an issue. And he’s never cost us a penalty that way and he never will. But he can dance all he wants as long as he’s in that end zone and I hope he gets to dance every chance he gets, and that’s fine as long as he as long as he doesn’t do the things that we know will draw the flags that’s fine but you know he can have all of the fun he wants and that’s part of it. He can score a touchdown and you get a chance to act a fool just as long as you stand on your feet and don’t use that ball as a prop.

There you go. So you wonder why Chad proposes to cheerleaders and river dances? It’s cuz his coach let’s him act a fool. Marvin, you’re only digging yourself a bigger hole in my mind.

Marvin Lewis Is an Enabler

Sure, I’m one to forgive, but I don’t forget. And I don’t forget what Marvin Lewis initially said before he apologized. Lewis first said this on the Dan Patrick Show:

I think there’s profiling, no question,” Lewis said on the show. “We’re (Cincinnati) a small place – our guys stand out, and they know that, and you’ve got to do things the right way. But when you are arrested for, or you are pulled over for, not putting on your turn signal, there’s something wrong there.

“Many people make right turns without putting on their turn signals and it’s unfortunate that we’ve had a guy that’s pulled over for not putting on his turn signal.”

Later he apologized after he realized the ramifications of his remark. But you know what that signifies to me? It signifies to me that Marvin Lewis is on the side of his players who have committed several crimes — no matter how big or small they have been. Everybody knows the law. Everyone who drives a car knows that they have the potential to be ticketed for even the slightest offense. Anyone can be ticketed for hanging something on their rear-view mirror, making a rolling stop, and not putting their turn signal on. If I get a ticket for one of those petty offenses, it is not an issue of racial profiling. Rather, it is an issue of the police strictly enforcing what appears to be an insignificant rule. It is well within their right to do so.

But for Marvin Lewis to make an excuse, and blame the Cincinnati police department for picking on his players is simply wrong. Marvin Lewis has shown me his true colors, and he has shown me that he is enabling the poor off-field behavior of his players. Yes, it was easy for Lewis to take action when the delinquent men in question were non-roster players like A.J. Nicholson and Matthias Askew. But when it’s someone valuable like Chris Henry or Odell Thurman, he is slow to discipline. And to make matters worse, he makes an excuse for his players. Everyone keeps wondering why there has been a negative spiral of attention associated with the Bengals over the past two seasons. Well, now it appears as if we don’t need to look any further than their head coach as the reason why.